The late Chris Raines made contributions during his short career at Penn State that will have long term effects on the meat science discipline. He was a pioneer with contagious enthusiasm and excitement about applying social media to spread ideas about meat science. With @iTweetMeat and his popular meatblogger.org, he reached countless readers about how meat is produced, how people consume it, and its health implications. He was respected for taking on complex or emotional food policy issues with a charm that made the science clear, rational, and attractive. He was unafraid of tackling current issues head on, day after day, while being willing to listen to others' concerns. He was an uncommon advocate for animal agriculture.
As an assistant professor and extension specialist, Chris specialized in food safety, packaging environment and meat shelf life. He was actively involved in AMSA and other organizations.
Continuing the Legacy
Funds from this mentor recognition will be used to support agriculture advocacy and consumer outreach efforts for the meat and livestock industries.